This weekend is Ohio's back-to-school, tax free weekend. The state will not charge sales tax on clothing under $75, school supplies under $20 and school instructional material under $20.
From 12:01am Friday morning until 11:59pm Sunday night, the tax holiday will be in effect.
According to Ohio.gov, “clothing” is not limited to shirts and pants. It also includes uniforms (athletic and non-athletic), shoes, slippers, hats, ear muffs, diapers, garter belts, formal wear, and wedding apparel. HOWEVER, clothes for use in a trade or business are NOT tax exempt. Neither are accessories like briefcases, handbags, jewelry, cosmetics, or wigs. (FYI: although your football game-jersey may be tax exempt, your shoulder-pads aren't.)
You can use coupons and still get the exemption...however, rain-checks are only good if you pick up the item before 11:59pm Sunday night.
Also take note: if you buy something online...the seller's timezone will determine the date. So...if you buy a t-shirt from Oregon at 1am Friday, and hope to avoid paying Ohio sales tax...you're out of luck, because it's still 10pm Thursday in Oregon.
For more information and questions, go to the official info page at tax.ohio.gov.
This app is like AirBnB...but for boats!
A collection of boat owners who offer their boats up for rent. Whether you're looking for a boat, or have a boat and are looking for a little extra cash, GetMyBoat is the app for you.
(A quick search of the Cleveland area shows mostly kayak and canoe rentals, and fishing charters)
There's a new player in the online grocery game, and if you care about what you put in your body, don't care about brand names, and know your times-tables up to 3...you're in luck!
Brandless.com is a grocery store where all items are $3. There are, as the name suggests, no Doritos, Colgate, or Kraft, but you can buy generic chips, toothpaste and mac-n-cheese.
All products come in plain packaging, and pickings are pretty slim at the moment, but they're expanding. The site makes a point to emphasize the products with “values”, (ie “organic”, “gluten-free”, “non-GMO”, etc). Each product is shipped directly from the manufacturer, so it cuts out the middleman, but that means one order could end up coming in several deliveries.
If you're looking to save on groceries AND shop from your laptop...Brandless.com could be right up your alley.
With Summer beach season here, its also Summer sunburn season. The folks and Loreal have come up with smart patch that you wear on your hand or your arm and it can tell you when you need to apply more sunscreen. The patch is printed with special inks that change color when exposed to UV rays. Use the My UV Patch app to take a picture of the patch on your skin, then the app analyzes the slight color changes in the patch and tells you when to reapply.
The patch is a sticker that will stay put on your skin for up to 3 days (through showers, swimming, sunscreening, and sleeping). The patch comes free with the purchase of Loreal Anthelios Sunscreen, and you get 2 when you buy the kids formula. Get yours at Walgreens, CVS, Target, and ULTA.
Pokemon Go may have been last Summer's obsession (and with recent updates, is still going strong), but this Summer's must-have augmented reality app is going to be Garfield GO! This treasure hunting game isn't full of characters you don't know or terminology that only the kids understand...everyone knows Garfield, right? In the game, Odie has scattered pieces of Garfield's puzzle all over town and you need to find them and put the puzzles back together. The best part is, you can win actual prizes! Gift cards to places like Amazon or Domino's Pizza, Garfield merchandise and more!
On Thursday the 29th, tickets to the Orange and Brown scrimmage will be made available to the general public. Its free, but you need a ticket...and you get those tickets through the official Cleveland Browns app.
The app is a one-stop-shop for all things Browns. Get the latest news and information about the team, check out their roster, schedule and standings, buy tickets, watch game highlights, shop for official fan gear and more!
To sign up for tickets to free training camp activities, tap on the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner of the screen...that brings out a menu...tickets are in the bottom third of that list.
With Summer events and activities getting into full swing, here's an app that lets you get one video, shot from two different points of view. You and a friend each open the Duomov app together, then start shooting your video. When you stop, the app automatically syncs them into one, split-screen video to save on your camera roll or share online!
Possible uses: One person's view riding a roller coaster, the other person's view from the ground; One view from stage left of the concert, one view from stage right; Take closeup shots of BOTH your kids in the school band; you might even be able to put your phones next to each other and create VR videos*
Duomov is free for iphone only at this point.
*unconfirmed use, but a cool idea to try out.
In celebration of National Bourbon Day (June 14th) we bring you the ultimate app for bourbon, whiskey, and Scotch lovers. This app gives ratings and reviews for thousands of whiskeys and bourbons from around the world. Create your own wish list, a “been there / had that” or “own it, haven't opened it” list for your personal collection, you're even able to contribute your own reviews and ratings.
If you cut the cable, but still want to watch the Cavs in the finals, your options are limited. You can go to The Q, go to a bar or a friend's house...or...stream it on the WatchESPN app!
*A cable subscription is required, but you may be covered if you have internet-only, basic cable through a provider.
**The live streamed games are a few seconds behind, so don't live-tweet the games or your friends will beat you to the punch, every time.
For the AirBnB types that are looking for a little more “rugged” vacation, here's an (iphone only) app for you! Its called: “Tentrr”. A network of privately owned campsites, located within a short drive of major cities across the country (not in Ohio yet). Use the app to find and book your campsite and know that it will have exactly what you expect. Each site is laid out with the same amenities: a canvas platform tent, queen-sized cot, Adirondack chairs, picnic table, sun shower, fire pit, grill and portable camping toilet. *as you have may have noticed, this is not your typical “cabin in the woods” camping experience.
The site launched last summer with 50 campsites and is expanding this year.
About 33% of Americans spend at least 8 hours a day staring at a screen and nearly half of us are required to do it for our job. We all know that this will lead to eye fatigue, dry eyes, headaches and blurred vision. We're told to take frequent breaks, to blink more often...we're also told to get back to work.
Felix Gray says the blue light in monitors, ipads and cellphones are the reason behind our eye problems and they've created glasses that filter out some of the high-spectrum blue light and glare from these devices.
For now, the glasses are available only in non-prescription, and slight magnification “reading” glasses, with several frames to choose from.
Cost is right around $100 per pair.
With the new Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” putting a spotlight on teen suicide, many schools are cautioning parents. The My3 app puts a suicide prevention hotline in your pocket. Not only is the National Suicide Prevention Hotline a click away, so is 911. You also create your own support system – 3 contacts you can turn to any time if you're having suicidal thoughts. Create your own “safety plan”, a list of coping strategies for crisis situations, and a list of resources offering help...tailored to your situation (veterans, LGBTQ, local help, etc).
Make money by saving money...and investing a little at a time. This is both a mini savings account and a micro investing app. It links to your bank account, or accounts (can also link to your credit card). Every purchase you make, the app automatically rounds up to the nearest dollar and puts the extra change in a separate account. That money in that account is then invested (pennies at a time) for you. This is a great app for beginners who are new to the stock market. You pick your risk level, and the stocks are picked for you.
Now, pennies invested return pennies, so you're not going to get rich quick, but you'll be amazed at how much you save just by rounding up your purchases. Spend $44.99, bank 1 penny...spend $2.02, bank 98-cents. This works on every deduction from your account: paying bills, writing checks, buying gas, even using the ATM (service fees aren't always even dollar amounts)!
With the summer road trip season upon us, there's nothing worse than being in a long caravan of cars and either trying to keep up with a speed demon or having to pull over and wait because someone got stuck at a red light.
Introducing Follow: Drive Together. This free app is downloaded by everyone in the group and overlays your position on the map while you drive. If your GPS directions say “take Interstate 79 South”, but the leader stays on 76 East, you'll see it and be able to stay on course. Likewise, if you're the line-leader and someone in the middle of the pack stops for gas, you'll know they'll be able to catch up.
**probably best to let the co-pilot to handle this, instead of the driver.